Dahle’s help negotiate more than $30 million in Wildfire Prevention Grants for their Districts

The Governor’s Office recently announced the allocation of $138 million for wildfire prevention grants statewide to help mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire.

In budget negotiations for this year’s wildfire prevention funding, Senator and Assemblywoman Dahle identified a list of unfunded, shovel-ready projects throughout the First Assembly and Senate District prepared for immediate funding to fire safe communities.


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Senator and Assemblywoman Dahle released the following statement in response to the governor’s announced funding and its inclusion of over $30 million to Fire Safe Councils in their districts who will now have the resources to complete several critical projects:

“We are excited to announce the data we gathered on unfunded projects was prioritized in the governor’s funding, and thankful for his trust in our local Fire Safe Councils abilities to do this critical work. Our local Fire Safe Councils will be able to use this $30 million to complete vegetation management projects that have been ready and waiting for state funding. This funding will give our brave firefighters a fighting chance to stop catastrophic fires before they destroy more lives, property, and livelihoods.”

“Over the last two years, more than 6 million acres have been destroyed by wildfire, much of which could have been avoided had we begun decades ago to mimic nature by clearing unnatural undergrowth mechanically and with controlled burns.”

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“This new funding will give our communities some of the resources necessary to prioritize areas that are prone or in danger of future wildfires, establishing much-needed firebreaks to protect communities. However, this is only a drop in the bucket compared to the scale and financial resources we will need to treat the millions of acres of forest in California. State and federal officials also need to focus on mobilizing the timber industry, reducing environmental regulation and costly red tape that holds up projects, and commit substantial, ongoing funds to wildfire prevention. We will continue to push for these reforms and fight to bring additional resources to our districts to create a safer North State.”

A full list of the 2021 Fire Prevention Grant recipients can be found here.

Submitted by the Office of Senator Dahle

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.